We’ve made no bones about it at Chocablog – we like Toronto’s Soma Chocolatemaker an awful lot. Their Chuao bar was our top dark chocolate of 2010, and I would happily give up my first born (when or if that ever happens…) for a few bars of their incredible cinnamon and chilli concoction, Dark Fire. So I naturally look forward to anything new from them to cross my path.
Enter the Three Amigos bar which, not surprisingly, beings together three different varieties of chocolate – the legendary Chuao from Venezuela, Bolivia’s Alto Beni and Elvesia which hails from the Dominican Republic. Of course, my first reaction is complete dismay that anybody would want to disguise or dilute the almighty Chuao with anything else, but Soma usually know what they are doing so I decide to trust their judgement. And that turns out to be a good plan because Three Amigos is a very well-balanced bar of chocolate.
The Chuao gives an initial burst of fruitiness which I still can’t enough of, but it subsides faster than anticipated and turns into something a bit more conventional. Or at least conventional in the world of Soma which still makes it stand head and shoulders above the majority of the pack. The tasting notes on the wrapper suggest roasted nuts and honey but to be honest, I just get a flood of good rich chocolate flavour after the opening salvo has faded away. Not a bad thing.
The one thing that Three Amigos really has going for it is subtlety. It pleads its case quietly and doesn’t push too hard even though it does have a lovely restrained flavour. But despite that, I wouldn’t recommend it because Soma have better wares to offer although I certainly wouldn’t say no if they had run out of my other favourites. Otherwise, stick with the Chuao.